A Third Disney Worker Dies At Florida Park

A 30-year-old performer at Disney World is dead after rehearsing for a stunt show, the third worker to die in seven weeks at the Orlando, Fla., park.

Anislav Varbanov was pronounced dead late Monday at a hospital after injuring his head while rehearsing a tumbling roll for the "Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular."

A Disney spokeswoman said the company mourned Varbanov's death.

The stunt show was cancelled Tuesday in his memory.

The death comes a week after a 47-year-old performer died following an on-stage fall during another show, "Captain Jack's Pirate Tutorial."

And on July 5, a 21-year-old monorail driver died when another train crashed into his own.


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  • by The Pirate Lady Location: Grimesland on Aug 19, 2009 at 05:02 PM
    Did you know they take you off the premises in an emergency? Because no one dies at Disney.
  • by Bon Location: Greenville on Aug 18, 2009 at 04:14 PM
    Its the Happiest Place on Earth!
  • by Larry Location: Ellenton, FL on Aug 18, 2009 at 03:51 PM
    This is truly a tragic thing to happen. One has to realize that with any job there are risks. In a stunt show the risks are greater. From the reports at this point the injury was a freak one. Nothing that hundreds of other performers at Disney or anywhere else haven't done millions of times. Was there neglegence on the part of Disney? Could the death have been prevented? I am sure we will find out more as the investigation continues. One death at any business is to many, but when you look at the mass numbers of cast members employed by Disney accidents and injuries will happen. The other 2 deaths recently are tragic too. Don't think I am discounting anyone else's tragic loss of life. How many other businesses that employ thousands of employees have injuries and worse that we never hear of? Probably many I would guess. When the media gets a hold of "a death at Disney" they run with it and because Disney is a big name they make it sound as if Disney is an unsafe place to work
  • by d on Aug 18, 2009 at 11:07 AM
    Hate to have to pay their workers comp insurance next year.
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